The 5th dimension of spiritual health holds center stage in some people’s lives while holding little emphasis in others. Which one are you? As mentioned in our earlier introduction, the goal is not to seek an equal balance between each dimension, but rather an invitation to find the most authentic expression of who you are within and across the dimensions!
Regardless of your own personal beliefs, perspectives and upbringing, your spiritual health encompasses your relationship with meaning and purpose in your life. Spiritual health offers us an invitation to get curious around what lights us up and what specifically connects us to a sense of “something bigger”. We encourage you to explore what words, lineages and perspectives are the most authentic fit for you in regards to purpose and meaning in your life.
We invite you to explore what it feels like to consciously expand awe in your life as a way to nurture your spiritual health. What ways can you draw yourself back when you feel disconnected, numb or spiritually lost? What are your resources for inspiration and “spiritual reboots” when you need them? Many people find their “spiritual spark” through community. If you feel the tug to explore this dimension more and don’t know where to start, consider researching local groups that are in alignment with your beliefs.
The dimension of spiritual health is not tangible yet holds an important place in the balance of our lives. It honors the innate need within all of us to feel connected to something bigger, and to consciously cultivate and even expand purpose and meaning in our lives. If you feel inspired, begin to notice what sparks awe and wonder in your life, and then feed, nurture and watch the sparks grow!
From the University of New Hampshire, ways to check in on your spiritual health. Ask yourself, “How am I doing?” If the answer is not what you’d like it to be, some clues lie in the lists below on how to improve your sense of well-being.
Signs of Spiritual Wellness
Developing a purpose in life
Having the ability to spend reflective time alone
Taking time to reflect on the meaning of events in life
Having a clear sense of right and wrong, and acting accordingly
Having the ability to explain why you believe what you believe
Caring and acting for the welfare of others and the environment
Being able to practice forgiveness and compassion in life
Check in with your spiritual wellness
Do you allow yourself time alone?
Do you pray? Or reach out to a higher power?
Do you think about the meaning of life?
Do you take walks in nature? Appreciate the transformation of each season?
Do you pause to remind yourself that life isn’t all about you?
Do you put down your phone to just be?
Do you practice activities that allow you to slow down?